Stress Free Holidays Part 7
Similarly, now is the time to do a big housecleaning blitz to get ready for company. Make sure you focus on the areas where your guests will be, such as the kitchen (already discussed), dining room, living or family rooms, and don't forget the guest bath and guest room.
If you know guests are coming make sure you have fresh clean sheets, towels, pillows, blankets, etc. for them to use. Preparing these items now won't be too much extra trouble, and will keep them comfortable without having you running around trying to scrub the toilet while also basting the turkey. Not a good combo!
If you need a reminder of what you should clean throughout the house, or (hint hint!) if you want to assign others in your home to help with these cleaning tasks, make sure to read my list of tasks you should do to get ready for guests, even if your house is currently messy.
You can also check out this article about how to prepare your home for guests here.
In addition, make sure to consult your Thanksgiving countdown checklist to get the big picture of what you should do each week to prepare for the big day without stress!
Also, if you haven't created your Thanksgiving planner, go ahead and do it now.
Planning For Christmas This Week - Prepare Some Freezer Meals For The Busy Christmas Season Ahead
Mainly this week we are planning for Thanksgiving day, since it is getting close, but don't forget about the Christmas season which is right around the corner.
I walked into Wal-Mart this weekend and there was a big Christmas tree right inside the entrance, so you know Christmas is coming.
Things can get crazy around the holidays, with extra parties and activities to go to. These can take away your normal time where you cook your meals. So, this week, before doing all your cooking for Thanksgiving, is a great week to double up on some meals you are going to prepare in the evenings anyway, and freeze the doubled portion to eat later.
That way when you are running around trying to get ready for your friend's holiday open house you don't have to worry about cooking dinner too, but can just pop your freezer meal in the oven and have a good home cooked meal without the stress.
If you'd like ideas and inspiration for freezer meals check out my freezer cooking board on Pinterest (and be sure to follow me!)
How Is Planning For Thanksgiving Going So Far? Tell Me In The Comments
I would love to know how you're doing on this week's challenge. You can share your successes and your setbacks below in the comments and maybe I or another reader can help you, or cheer you on with motivation and support!
In addition, I thought some of you might want to know briefly what we'll be working on next week, so I'll tell you:
- Last minute preparations for Thansgiving, whether you're cooking or traveling as a guest
- Preparing for Black Friday sales, if you enjoy this
Previous Parts Of The Stress Free Holiday Series
If you missed the previous parts of this series, you can still jump in. There is always time to start.
Here are the previous challenges:
- Week 1: Reducing Holiday Stress Through Planning
- Week 2: Experience Holiday Stress Relief With These Steps
- Week 3: More Simple Steps To A Stress Free Holiday Season
- Week 4: Final Preparations And Halloween Planning Tasks
- Week 5: Thanksgiving Planning For A Fun Thanksgiving Day With Your Family
- Week 6: Planning Thanksgiving - More Steps For A Stress Free Thanksgiving Day
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